Editorial Board – Issue 3

Editorial Board – Issue #3


Ioanna Opidee
Ioanna Opidee is an adjunct faculty member in Fairfield University’s English department. She titles herself teacher, editor and writer, in no particular order of importance as the roles, in fact, interchange from moment to moment. Her work has been published in various magazines and her home base is Milford, Conn., where she lives with her husband.
Managing Editor
Tess Brown’s work has appeared previously in Fairfield University’s The Cream Filling Magazine and in The Green Mountains Review. She has recently graduated with an M.F.A. in creative writing from Fairfield University as a member of their inaugural cohort. Based in Connecticut with her beehives, Tess is a writer and actress currently working on a collection of connected short stories entitled, “Assumption.”
Fiction Editors
Phil Lemos writes the blog Life in the Philloverse and has published 3 short stories — “Let It Go,” “BMW Supermodel”, and “Upset of the Century” in the past year. He is pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Fairfield University and is currently at work on a novel. You can follow him on Twitter.
Jean Medeiros Jean M. Medeiros is an almost-graduate of Fairfield University’s MFA Creative Writing program, concentrating in fiction, both in and out of her studies. She earned a Certificate in Fiction Writing from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she was also nominated for the Kirkwood Literary Prize. She has published and edited both fiction and non-fiction, and lives in Rhode Island, about 30 minutes from the ocean that she writes about in her current novel.
Creative Nonfiction Editors
Mark Berry has completed 2 novels and a memoir, and has co-written a children’s book – all which combine prose with music. He’s a regular contributor for Airways magazine, and also recently published in AOPA Flight Training, TARPA Topics, and BMW Owners News magazines, Connecticut newspapers, and online in Write This and ERAU Eagles NEST, and is an Author’s Guild member.
Jennifer C. Walsh is in her third semester at Fairfield University’s MFA Creative Writing Program. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Fairfield University, a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University, and a certificate in book publishing from New York University. Throughout her career, she has held various editorial positions at business publications and at New York publishing houses, including The McGraw-Hill Companies. Currently, she lives in Rye, NY, with her husband and 3 daughters.
Poetry Editors
Colin D. Halloran loves poetry, lives non-fiction, and lives with a fiction writer (and a shitzu-poodle with a taste for his hands).  No drama, lots of craft.  He is an internationally published poet and photographer who puts his past as a soldier and a teacher to use in student and teacher workshops which use poetry to increase understanding of war and its effects.  He is thrilled to have the opportunity to read your work and hopes that you will continue to send him your rare and exciting verbal concoctions.
Brittany Hill is a graduate of Fairfield University with a BA degree in Psychology and a minor in English and is now pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Fairfield where she won Fairfield University’s English Department award, the Gerard Manley Hopkins award for poetry. Brittany was an Associate Editor of the Dogwood Poetry and Prose Journal, which is a national publication, and is the only journal staffed entirely by undergraduate students. She was also part of Fairfield University’s “Poetry by Stealth” initiative, which was comprised of the best poetry writers on campus, and was also a judge for Poetry for Peace, a poetry competition for K-8 grade students in Fairfield and Bridgeport. Brittany attended the launching of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project held at the National Women of the Arts Museum in Washington, DC., and was part of an interview on WWL Celebrating Women Poets on wnpr.org. Her work will be published in the June 2011 issue of Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal for Formalist Poetry by Women.
Drama Editor
  Jennifer Emerson – Born and raised a stone’s throw from the Thames River in Groton, Jennifer Emerson’s love of history and 19th century literature got her interested in writing plays, which have been performed at Mystic Seaport and New London’s historic Shaw Mansion, with another at Fort Griswold in Groton coming in September.  By day she is a first-person historical interpreter:  creating and portraying historical characters in order to convey the reality of a bygone age.  With published articles and short stories in several online arenas, she is now focused on a historic fiction novel set in 1840’s London.  When she’s not writing, reading or frolicking about in a corset, hoop skirt or bustle ensemble, she can be found playing with her cat, singing, or engrossed in some obscure, outdated pastime such as lace tatting, knitting, and trying recipes from 180 year-old cookbooks.  Look closely and you may even spot her sequestered in some secret corner of Enders Island, communing with the sea and its maker.  She will be received her MFA in fiction this summer from Fairfield, and can’t wait for the next adventure!
Audio Editor
Dennis Quinn Dennis Quinn’s on–air broadcast career spans five decades in New York City radio. As an on-air personality he has hosted programs in formats ranging from top 40 to Disco, AOR to Love Songs on WPIX-FM. In 1988 he segued to Smooth Jazz on CD 101.9. In 1970 he created “Rapline” which combined call-in Talk Radio with rock and pop music. Off-air he has produced numerous radio documentaries including, “Still Rolling,” an award-winning Rolling Stones audio documentary. Dennis has held administrative posts including program director, public service director, and production director, and has been an AFTRA shop steward for 25 years. Academically he was an adjunct professor at Fairfield University for 5 years, where he was the creator and executive producer of the school’s audio magazine, Buzz. In 2007 his course “Early Radio and the American Identity” was selected by Yale as part of its prestigious, Residential College Lecture Series. In the fall of 2008, Dennis became a full-time assistant professor at Hofstra University where he teaches various radio courses in the Radio, Television, and Film Department of the School of Communication. He is also a performance artist. With his group “Warp Spasm,” he performs stories in a genre-bending mix of radio drama, music, and spoken word.
Craft Essay/Writing Exercise Editor

Brian Hoover is an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at Fairfield University. He thinks about writing all day long and invites you to parse that any way you wish.
Fiction Readers: Karen Doornbosch, Christine Telford, Sarah Sleeper, Tony Perri, Travis Baker, Chris Madden, Chris Belden, Nick Knittel
Nonfiction Readers: Destenie Vitale, Alena Dillon, Donna Woods Orazio, Erin Corriveau, Travis Baker, Elizabeth  Hilts
Poetry Readers: Linsey Jayne, Heidi St. Jean, Matthew A. Hamilton
Drama Readers: Teya King, Steve Otfonski
Marketing Team: Tess Brown (Managing Editor), Erin Corriveau
Production Team: Tess Brown (Managing Editor), Mark Berry – Production Manager, Heather Frizzell – Photos, Jennifer Walsh and Travis Baker – Technical, Lisa Calderone – Webmaster
Faculty Advisor
Ravi Shankar is Assistant Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat. His first book, Instrumentality, was published by Cherry Grove in May 2004 and named a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards. His creative and critical work has previously appeared in such publications as The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, Blackbird, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, Ambit, Catamaran and the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, among many others. Shankar has served as a commentator for NPR, appeared on KKUP and Wesleyan radio, and received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Atlantic Center for the Arts. He currently reviews poetry for the Contemporary Poetry Review and along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, is editing an anthology of South Asian, East Asian, and Middle Eastern poetry, due out with W.W. Norton in Fall 2007.
Founding Editor / Web Designer
Lisa Calderone is the author of How to Raise A Family & A Career Under One Roof (Bookhaven Press, 1997) and co-author with Paul & Sarah Edwards of The Entrepreneurial Parent (Putnam/Tarcher, 2002). Currently working in the Web Communications Department at Fairfield University as a writer/editor, Lisa is an MFA graduate who spearheaded the launch of Mason’s Road for her 3rd semester project. In a former life, she was a regular columnist for Oxygen Media for their property ka-ching.com and contributing editor of Home Office Computing magazine; her essays have been published in Newsday, The Mother is Me, Long Island Parent, The Motherhood Times and other publications. She has written her memoir and enjoys experimenting with e-publishing ventures while living in the New Haven, Conn. area with her family. She will be teaching an online writing course, “Literary Journalism,” at Fairfield University this winter.

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